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China - The Panda Adventure

China - The Panda Adventure (2000)



Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 7
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In this visually striking tale of adventure, Ruth (Maria Bello) is an American widow who during the 1930s travels to China in hopes of making her late husband's dream a reality by bringing Chinese pandas to the United States. Ruth is awed by the striking beauty of China and discovers several of the rare pandas as well as a number of other unusual animals; however, Ruth learns that the Chinese government is lax in their protection of wildlife, and that hunters are making short work of the pandas.

Feb 1, 2005

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[Young] occasionally mines the IMAX cliches ... but more often he delivers unforgettable images of China.

June 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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Gives only glimpses of the potential for dynamic storytelling many have longed for in an Imax film.

September 20, 2001
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Despite being helmed by Robert M. Young, who knows more than a bit about docus and drama, China immediately plays as a wooden period piece.

September 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Variety
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So much care has been lavished on the lush, vivid cinematography that very little seems to have been left over for such picayune matters as script continuity, plausible dialogue, coherent editing and acting.

September 13, 2001 Full Review Source: New York Times
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[Young] knows what's important in an IMAX movie and makes certain that the vastness and beauty of China are matched by the pandas' lovable quotient.

September 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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If you can ignore the cookie-cutter story and wooden characters and focus instead on the natural wonders that are passing us by as we travel up the Yangtze, chances are good that you won't be disappointed.

September 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Pretty pandas, and Maria Bello: Good. Movie, so-so.

December 31, 2004 Full Review Source:

Each stunning scene is a delicious sight, filled with gorgeous, lush landscapes. . .Just open your eyes and say, "A-a-a-ah."

April 4, 2003
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Imax Corp. has been struggling in the last year, and "China: The Panda Adventure" illustrates one reason why.

June 20, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

[W]hen it's all sewn together the final product is as unlovely as Frankenstein.

June 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Big Movie Zone
Big Movie Zone

The spectacle provided by the large-screen format is largely wasted on the movie's schmaltzy storyline.

February 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

recreates a simplified tale fit for TV, shows off a pawfull of sweet pandas and offers up a tiny tea cup serving of truly memorable China pans.

October 12, 2001 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

The script is a clunker, the acting atrocious, and there's not even enough panda footage to keep the kids happy.

September 28, 2001 Full Review Source: Citysearch

A stirring and thrilling adventure that rewards viewers of all ages.

September 21, 2001
Jam! Movies

The footage of pandas in their natural surroundings is enchanting.

September 14, 2001 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Why not make a straight documentary about the remarkable creatures instead of a bad melodrama? Or at least remember to show the playful pandas in the first place?

September 14, 2001
Los Angeles Daily News

Young delivers a spry, richly detailed adventure for general audiences, truly a feat deserving acclaim.

September 13, 2001
New Times

Some extraordinarily beautiful scenic footage...But as a movie it resembles a Disney flick from forty years past.

September 12, 2001 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
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